Publication: Lachrymae Draconis


I have a new publication out in the latest issue of Realms. It’s a kind of medieval mystery with a dragon called “Lachrymae Draconis” which you’ll quickly figure out is Latin for “dragon tears” — an entirely fake commodity that young Colburga has been dealing in with the help of the dragon she’s got hidden away in a cave. No, the dragon doesn’t cry. Colburga knows that’s not possible — but the dragon has other skills that help sell what they label “tears” and Colburga’s knowledge of healthful herbs makes the concoctions effective. She’s become quite a business woman because she doesn’t do anything without making a profit. Her life may be lonely, but that’s okay — things are safer that way. Or so she thinks until the day a crying child appears at her gate with an intriguing problem…

I hope you enjoy the story. I had thought to include this among the stories added to Pelzmantel, but it got snapped up too quickly. I have seen the page proofs and the final cover and oh! does it look gorgeous. I’ll see if I can make a reduced version so you can see. I’m still just gaga over Ruby’s stunning artwork. Amazing!

I saw Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing at the Old Vic yesterday. Wonderful! Review coming soon: yes, it’s a play about love, but also the love of words, including this hopeful line every writer dreams of making real:

I don’t think writers are sacred, but words are. They deserve respect. If you get the right ones in the right order, you can nudge the world a little or make a poem which children will speak for you when you’re dead.


  1. I remember seeing THE REAL THING years ago. Quite wonderful.

  2. Todd Mason says:

    Thanks for the tip on the story, and congratulations! What a remarkably unclever name for a fantasy magazine, when the second best-selling currently is REALMS OF FANTASY of nearly two decades standing, even if the audience for both is rather small.Hey, so what's unlovable about a Stoppard play about love…you seem almost apologetic at that aspect…cool. I'll need to see a live staging of any Stoppard eventually.

  3. K. A. Laity says:

    I do love Stoppard and I do love this production of The Real Thing. I think I worked some of the odd aspects into my column this week, but a review is forthcoming!Yeah, it's an odd choice as a mag title. I was kicking myself because I had just finished the story and saw the announcement, so I sent it off and then Storm asked me about what other stories I might want to include with Pelz and I thought, oh, that would be a good one. When it comes back…

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